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Oil price drop as tool to fight fossil carbon emissions

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29/01/2015

WBA and AEBIOM (European Biomass Association) are calling upon the governments to seize the opportunity presented by the oil price drop to act against fossil emissions. There has rarely been such an opportunity for the global community to take action against fossil carbon emissions and global warming as there is now, in January of 2015. Every government should act on their own, not waiting for a ...

New Enzyme Speeds Up Biomass-to-Sugar Conversion

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29/01/2015

Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed an enzyme—called CelA—that can convert biomass such as trees, grasses, and agricultural residue to sugars up to 14 times faster and much more cheaply than competing catalysts used in biofuel production. If the enzyme performs well in larger tests, it could help drive down the cost of ...

New efficiencies for single-vessel oil spill recovery

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29/01/2015

DESMI has introduced a new oil spill recovery product, RO-Vane, combining it with a DESMI SpeedSweep boom and RO-Skim skimmer to make cleaning up spills with just one vessel far easier, faster and more cost-effective. One system does it all Every now and then, something comes along that makes a real difference to the way an industry works. The latest addition to the portfolio of oil spill ...

Modern Water Installs First Microtox® Continuous Toxicity Monitor in the USA

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27/01/2015

Modern Water plc (AIM:MWG), the owner of leading water technologies for the production of fresh water and monitoring of water quality, has recently launched an updated continuous toxicity monitor using its well-known Microtox® technology. Demand for this ground-breaking monitor has been high with the first unit being installed just after its launch at one of Aqua America, Inc.’s water ...

Q-Lab’s Brad Reis Elected as Chair of ASTM Subcommittee on Paints and Coatings

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28/01/2015

Q-Lab, the worldwide leader in accelerated weathering equipment and outdoor exposure test services, is pleased to announce that Mr. Brad Reis was recently elected as Chairman of ASTM’s Subcommittee D01.27. This group focuses on accelerated testing for paints and coatings. Brad has been serving as temporary chair of this subcommittee since June 2013. Brad is an active member of numerous ...

Geostatistics regains interest in the characterization of chemical soil pollutions

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28/01/2015

To evaluate the pollution impact, such characterization is usually based on various data that should be interpreted and analyzed with an estimation of related uncertainties. Geostatistics has been suitably applied in this framework for about fifteen years. Several Ph.D. theses have been dedicated to the subject, both for chemical and radiological pollution (see for instance this article in ...

Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Lags

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29/01/2015

For more than 50 years, global production of plastic has continued to rise. Some 299 million tons of plastics were produced in 2013, representing a 4 percent increase over 2012. Recovery and recycling, however, remain insufficient, and millions of tons of plastics end up in landfills and oceans each year, writes Gaelle Gourmelon, Communications and Marketing Manager at the Worldwatch Institute, ...

DelAgua to Exhibit at India Water Works Association (IWWA) Convention

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28/01/2015

IWWA will be hosting its 47th annual convention on 30th, 31st January & 1st February in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. IWWA is a voluntary body of professionals concerned with water supply for municipal, industrial, agricultural uses and treatment and disposal of waste water. IWWA focuses on the entire ‘Water Cycle’ encompassing environmental, social, institutional and ...

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